Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 6 - 2021
Significance of Hypnosis in the Treatment of TMD
Yasser Khaled*, Damien Nelson, Marjorey Razdolsky and Annamarie Ciancio
General Dental Sciences, Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI, United States
*Corresponding Author: Yasser Khaled, Assistant Professor, Department of General Dental Sciences, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and TMD/Orofacial Pain, Marquette University - School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI, United States.
Received: May 12, 2021; Published: May 31, 2021


The aim of this retrospective cross-sectional study was to identify the effectiveness of hypnosis therapy in the treatment of patients suffering from temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). From a pool of 3,000 TMD patients seen from January 2012 to January 2016, 34 TMD patients (29 females and 5 males) that fit the inclusion criteria were ultimately included in this study. Eligible patients were required to possess a designated TMD diagnosis, to be at least 16 years of age and to attend all three follow-up appointments after receiving hypnosis therapy from a trained medical practitioner. For all of the subjects, four data points were collected and mathematically evaluated for significance: subjective pain at initial visit, subjective pain at final visit, quantitative pain at initial exam, quantitative pain at final follow-up exam. The collected data was statistically analyzed via paired t-tests to determine if the overall pain reduction, seen in this group of 34 subjects treated with hypnosis therapy, was significant based on age, sex, and initial pain scores. Following statistical analysis, the data suggests that hypnosis therapy significantly reduces the quantitative pain score of TMD patients who are male, who are between the ages of 20 and 40 and who initially present with moderate to severe quantitative pain scores. These findings confirm that, in some situations, hypnosis is an effective treatment modality for TMD patients. However, more research is required on this topic to formulate more accurate, valid and robust conclusions.

Keywords: Orofacial Pain; Dental Methods; Pain Threshold/Physiology; Range of Motion; Articular/Physiology; Relaxation Therapy


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